Monday, August 6, 2012

Maximize Your Online Shopping

It seems like you can now buy everything and anything online.  So before you go to your regular brick and mortar store, you should always check out major online retailers to see if you can get a better price.  But there is more to online shopping that just price, so here are some tips to maximize the benefits of online shopping.



Coupons Still Apply


 The first thing to remember about online shopping is that the same discounts that apply to retail stores also apply to online stores.  However, it is almost easier to find deals for online stores because you can search for coupons by going to websites like Coupon Codes in the USA and searching for any company’s coupon codes.


People are even saving money on recipes by using vouchers found for food products, which are also available online.  So it doesn’t matter what you are looking to buy, because there are still discounts and promotions available.



 Get Free Shipping and Returns


 The biggest gripe that online shoppers have had over the years are the prices paid for shipping and handling.  That was always the nice thing about shopping in a regular brick and mortar store – no shipping costs and no waiting for your product to arrive.  It was instant gratification.  However, most online retailers have figured that out, and many offer free shipping.  If you’re looking to buy something, check multiple retailers to make sure that you are getting the best prices on shipping (which should be free).  Also, many big online retailers, like Amazon and Zappos, are usually able to provide one to two day shipping at no extra cost because they have fulfillment warehouses located all over the United States.


And finally, look for retailers that don’t charge anything to ship back products, and offer returns for any reason.  If you bought the product in store, you wouldn’t have this problem, so you shouldn’t have it for online shopping either.  Many places will let you print out a free shipping label to send products back, and other companies, that have brick and mortar stores, even allow you to return it in store.

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